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ELECTION: South King F&R needs voter support

Letter by Wayne S. Corey, Des Moines on July 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm with 4 Comments »
July 13, 2012 9:26 am

South King Fire & Rescue has lost more than 22 percent of its annual revenue as property values have declined. This reduction has necessitated major cutbacks in service levels and personnel, longer emergency response times and 23 departmental vacancies, including front-line firefighters. Those who remain have taken voluntary cuts in pay and benefits.

Even with cuts, the fire district continues to offer higher-quality fire and emergency services at a lower cost to taxpayers than surrounding communities. Unfortunately, the economic picture is not going to get better anytime soon, and capital reserves are just about depleted. Thus, these services are still threatened.

In order to maintain these services, please vote yes on South King F&R’s maintenance and operations levy Aug. 7. This four-year levy will allow the district to bridge the gap between current funding and the actual cost of operating at an efficient level for our community. It only costs the average homeowner of a $200,000 home less than $5 per month and restores an emergency aid unit. Failure will ultimately lead to more cuts in vital services.

Every vote counts. This levy requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass. Please join the 59 percent of voters who already approved this levy. This is the last chance to provide a stable funding source for the next four years.

 

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  1. tree_guy says:

    The workers were probably overpaid before because of the housing bubble. So any wage concessions just take them back to where they should have been all along. Take ANOTHER 23% off the adjusted salaries and all should be good again. Next?

  2. alindasue says:

    Again, tree_guy, you are being very generous with other people’s wages. How about you try living for a couple years with your income cut at the same rate that you keep expecting all public employees to have theirs cut. After you’ve done that, then we’ll talk.

  3. truthbusterguy says:

    Time to starve the beast that is union run, for the unions, government services. VOTE NO and vote often.

  4. tree_guy says:

    The world of alindasue revealed:

    Government workers having less spending money =bad thing
    Private citizens having less spending money =good thing

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